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Monday, May 28, 2007

Totti Tops The Serie A and Europe in Scoring

With two goals yesterday, Francesco Totti of AS Roma became the leading scorer, or "capocannoniere" of the Serie A. He scored 26 goals, but also surprisingly missed 7 penalty kicks (including one today).

In two weeks, he will learn if he becomes the Golden Boot winner in Europe. Last year, the winner was Luca Toni of Fiorentina with 31 goals. He was the first Italian to win the prestigious award. UEFA has a system in place that rates goals by the difficulty of the league. In Totti's case, each Serie A goal is worth 2 points. His nearest competitor, Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid, scored his 23rd goal on Saturday, which gives him 46 points. The actual scoring leader in Europe league play for 2006-2007, Afonso Alves of Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie, had 34 goals. They were valued at 51 points by the formula.

Totti suffered a serious ankle injury last year, but made a remarkable recovery in time for the World Cup in Germany. His sanfroid demeanor and clinically taken penalty kick in extra time against Australia was the game winner.

Congratulations to the symbol of Rome, il capitano, Francesco Totti.

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